Tesla is one of the fascinating cars to be ever produced. It has sleek exteriors, luxurious interiors, and a dashboard with a full touchscreen. The look and design are one of the best, yet their safety and reliability are the ones to be questioned.
Tesla has come up with a new glitch, and the infotainment system is getting overheated to an extreme level. It is completely dangerous. Tesla has recalled approximately 130,000 cars due to the same reason.
The words from Elon Musk in 2014 during the launch of Tesla’s first model are not in sync with reality. There is the Crash Course, the latest release by The New York Times’ documentary series on FX. Musk kept on proclaiming that Tesla is two years away from fully autonomous driving as it is our destiny.
The problem, of course, is that the promises are compromising everyone’s life. Tesla’s Autopilot mode has led to many fatal crashes.
Elon Musk‘s Crash Course will start with 911 calls from the first crash site by a Tesla Model S of a 40-year-old Joshua Brown. The accident completely wrecked the Sedan after the collision with a tractor-trailer on a Florida road.
At the time of the accident, his Autopilot feature was active. There was no evidence that the car ever attempted to brake or take a mysterious turn through steering action. The Autopilot in 2016 was based upon a combination of cameras and radar. It was not based on LiDAR. That makes the device unable to differentiate between perpendicular trucks and bridges. That crash led to Brown’s death.
The authorities set up A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) inquiry for Brown’s crash. It concluded and recommended that the vehicles should not use Autopilot on roadways. Tesla should find a better way that will be effective for the driver to keep their hands on rather than playing games or watching movies and facilitate the driver’s engagement.
It should warn the driver to keep their hands on. In 2019, a similar crash to Brown’s happened. It came to light that Tesla was not heeding any warning signs if the hands were not on the steering.
The company finally removed the radar system from the car as Elon Musk has responded to criticism and doubters by stubbornly doubling down on his mission.
The biggest question is, Is Musk jeopardizing lives cynically / recklessly for his gain, or such it just a mere coincidence. Doing such risks on human lives and societal scale is necessary for the kind of change he is searching for.
A panel of the jury is investigating his vehicles. It may do the same for the coming years (or decades), depending on how long it takes for autonomous vehicles truly co-operate on our local streets and interstate highways.
Stream it Or Skip it?
This movie is 75 minutes long and showcases every detail about the accidents caused with a proper explanation of why they happened and their steps to rectify them. Anyone interested in vehicles can watch it, as it will give you an overview of where we stand in the autonomous vehicles section.